The elections are really getting to me.
I see countless tweets and Facebook messages circulating, about how PAP is not a good government, that they are arrogant, that they do not admit to their mistakes (esp re: floods/mas selamat), how they do not listen to the people, how they are homophobic… etc, etc, etc.
People are not happy about Chia Shi-Lu getting a seat in Tanjong Pagar GRC out of nowhere, more people are not happy about Tin Pei Ling, etc, etc, etc.
It is obvious that many Singaporeans want change, and they want to bring PAP down.
While I am moved that politically, we are not as apathetic as we believed ourselves to be, it is, however, extremely unsettling how things are panning out.
How are people deciding who to vote for?
This tweet pretty much sums it up:
Are people anti-PAP or pro-Opposition? Such a thin fine line it is… #sgelections
It seems that people are merely wanting to not vote PAP. They may not feel for opposition parties or their candidate(s), they may not share opposition parties’ visions or ideals, some may not even know who are in the opposition parties (maybe except Nicole Seah).
But there is one thing they are sure of them. Which is that they are not the PAP.
And this seems to be their main or only reason why they are supporting these parties, whichever one happens to be contesting for their constituency.
I ask – is this reason enough to sway our vote towards an opposition party? Because they are not PAP? Really?
If you follow #sgelections on Twitter, you will see tweets such as the following:
Now i know why foreigners think we’re a 3rd world country, b’cos u people make it sounds like that under the leadership of PAP. #sgelections
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There is much mud-slinging and mockery/sarcasm for PAP for whatever they do or do not do.
I ask – why is there so little discussion on what the opposition parties are doing or offering us?
I desperately hope that Singaporeans are not wanting change for the sake of change. I hope that we all can question and find out – exactly what changes are these, how they plan to do it, why they want to do it, and who is the person heading it (I don’t mean his name).
Do not blindly vote for the opposition because you dislike PAP. We all want Singapore to progress, and we want the best people to lead us.
I hope that we can give credit, where credit is due.
I hope that we can be mature enough to acknowledge that not all PAP candidates are awful just by the vitue of being in the PAP. I hope that we do not discredit worthy candidates out of spite for the PAP.
I hope that we do not glorify the opposition’s every word and action just because they are not the PAP. I hope that we can also recognize their mistakes, seek to understand what they want to do for our country, before making an informed decision whether to vote for them or not.
Our votes make a difference. Let us be critical. Let us be discerning.
But above all, let us vote for the best people that will best represent us and serve us. Let us vote for the people with integrity, intelligence, altriusm, and dedication, regardless of party, language, gender, race, religion or orientation.
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